A Treasured Icon Gets A Mascot! : The Name Game

The Van Wezel has been lovingly called the Purple Cow for many years; even stars refer to it as such. “When vacationing here as a child I never thought that I would play on the stage of the Purple Cow.”-said, Amy Grant- the last time that she was here with husband, Vince Gill.

IMG_1251 Continue reading

Million Dollar High School Contest

million dollar contest flyerAttention all High School students! the Van Wezel has a Million Dollar Contest for you! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the fantastic Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Watch this YouTube video:http://bit.ly/1gFqQUD

Put yourself in the producers chair. Imagine if you could add your favorite music stars to the amazing Million Dollar Quartet colloboration. TELL US WHICH MUSIC STARS YOU WOULD ADD AND WHY?

Submit your entry to vwcontest@sarasotagov.com & put “Milion Dollar Contest Entry” in the subject line.  All entries must be submitted by March 21, 2014. The winner will be announced before March 28, 2014. Good Luck!


The True Story Behind Man of La Mancha


Man of La Mancha, the Broadway musical was written by Dale Wasserman, it is based on the 16th century novel Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes. Previous to Man of La Mancha being written and performed, Don Quixote had been attempted at the theatre a number of times including; ballet, motion picture, play and opera, neither of them pertaining to the story that Wasserman discovered. Continue reading

Blues…..at the core of American Music

B.B. King - Jan 4, 2014From “I Got the Blues,” published in 1908 (the first published song to use the word blues),  to the  ”Blues Brothers;” from W.C. Handy, to George Gershwin; from Clarksville, Mississippi, to New York City;  from the “turn of the century,” to contemporary Rock and Soul Music, “Blues” has been at the core of the social, artistic and economic development of American Music.  The origins of the Blues are closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community…the “spirituals.”  This musical form dates back to the 1800′s  and while in its many incarnations it still retains the core of its centuries old roots.

Continue reading